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Construction Guidance During COVID-19 FAQs

Guidance for Businesses in the Construction Industry Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency

See a copy of the Guidance to the Construction Industry.

UPDATED 6/1/2020

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​May new construction projects be started, or does this order only allow existing projects to continue? 

​Does the construction guidance change for counties that have moved to the green reopening phase?

​When may businesses in the construction supply chain open?

​A construction site isn’t following the safety requirements to prevent COVID-19.  How do I file a complaint?

​Will the Department investigate a complaint if the name or location of the jobsite is not provided?

​Is my employer required to provide masks/face coverings, or is that my responsibility?

​Can my employer force me to work if they do not provide PPE or have safeguards in place that follow the Department of Health’s guidance?

​If I do not feel comfortable reporting to work, do I need to report to the worksite?

​If I arrive at a construction site and notice the worksite is not adhering to the Construction Guidance, what should I do?

​If a sick employee arrives on site, what options do I have?

​Should I send home employees who were exposed to a sick employee?

​Is jobsite screening mandatory?

Where can I obtain information on jobsite screening services or equipment?

Am I required to wear gloves while using tools?

​My construction firm has not established a written safety plan. Is the safety plan mandatory on a commercial construction site? 

​What qualifies a pandemic safety officer, and what qualifications must the pandemic safety officer possess? 

​Can the pandemic safety officer both serve as the safety officer and also be a working member of the construction crew?

​Is the pandemic safety officer required to be on site at all times?

​Is a pandemic safety officer a requirement for residential construction?

​If a residential construction project is over 2,000 square feet, can the same non-residential guidelines apply?

​May outside visitors come on to the job site, such as spouses bringing lunch or potential clients?

​My worksite is not following the COVID-19 safety requirements.  What should I do?

​Is the square feet rule aggregate, per floor, or for any specific trade of the job?

​Does the Department have any say in which local public construction projects are allowed to continue?

​May my organization’s construction training or apprenticeship program resume?

​Do architects and engineers count towards the number of individuals allowed on the site?

​Do Heavy and Highway Construction projects have the same limits to numbers of individuals allowed on site?

​Will townhome construction sites allow four workers per unit?

​When is a tilt up project considered enclosed? When is the roof is on? 

​Is constructing a roof structure with no walls, such as a pavilion, considered exterior? 

Do worker limits apply to work being done on the exterior of the property?

​Can a contractor open its office location to conduct business?

​Is a construction business permitted to operate in its permanent work/office location?

​Are modular homes and manufactured homes considered “construction” activities and may they resume?